C&cs: Research and Construction of Final Essay

Deciding title:

Consider of the linking between my final major project and the essay, I chose to write something about the connection of depression and art. As my final major project is about the illness of smiling depression, which is to be happy in front of people, but to suffer from depression inside. As I knew that Van Gogh was one of the artists who suffered from depression and he is one of the examples I would use, this made me to limit the title from 18th century, otherwise, it will be too wide to talk about. So the title would be How has depression been expressed in Art since the 18th century.

Construction of introduction:

I had watched some information about depression, which I had already watched some in my final major project research. This time I mainly watched the definition of depression and the percentage of people suffering from them. Also, in my opinion, art has allows depression patients to express themselves through colour and the understanding of art. In case of depression, most of them are unable to communicate with others but using the way of drawing they can show actually what they are thinking. And Clare told me a similar situation, which was Art Therapy. I think it was actually what I wanted to mean, so I also added it as a reference.

Construction of Major Topic Paragraph 1:

As planning I first looked at example of Van Gogh, I watched several websites to give myself more understanding of his situation. As he was the beginning and inspiration of my essay that I decided saying 18th century because of him. But it was fun to know more about an artist, improving my knowledge and also gaining inspirations for my project. I selected mostly quotes about Van Gogh’s words, his attitude to the illness, also the fact that he was suffered from different illness to make my point stronger.

Construction of Major Topic Paragraph 2:

This paragraph is planned to look at modern artist, I found one of them on Google, which was a website introducing an artist who had strong presentation on her brush mark. Another one was an internet illustrator I followed since 2015. I think his/her example was very powerful that not from any words, just from the illustrations selves, the viewers notice his/her illness.

Information I looked at, Bibliography:

Mind. 2016. Depression. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/depression/#.WNOQqcdHuE8. [Accessed 23 March 2017].

Counselling Directory. 2016. Mental Health Facts and Figures. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/stats.html. [Accessed 25 April 2017].

The british association of art therapy. 2017. What is art therapy?. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.baat.org/About-Art-Therapy. [Accessed 25 April 2017].

Brainpickings. 2017. Van Gogh and Mental Illness. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/06/05/van-gogh-and-mental-illness/. [Accessed 25 April 2017].

Theartstory. 2017. Important Art by Vincent van Gogh. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.theartstory.org/artist-van-gogh-vincent-artworks.htm#pnt_4. [Accessed 25 April 2017].

Mymodernmet. 2012. Artist Copes with Depression Through Powerful Paintings. [ONLINE] Available at: http://mymodernmet.com/margarita-georgiadis-paintings/. [Accessed 25 April 2017].

Margarita Georgiadis. 2012. Compulsion. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.margaritageorgiadisart.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=185090632. [Accessed 2 May 2017].

Escape into Life. 2010. Margarita Georgiadis. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.escapeintolife.com/painting/margarita-georgiadis/. [Accessed 2 May 2017].

Pixiv. 2008. Blank. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?id=53928&type=all&p=6. [Accessed 2 May 2017].

Mind. 2014. Living with depression: my experience. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/your-stories/living-with-depression-my-experience/#.WNOS0MdHuE8. [Accessed 23 March 2017].

Psychology Spot. 2017. Smiling Depression: When sadness hides behind a smile. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.psychology-spot.com/2015/02/smiling-depression-when-sadness-hides.html. [Accessed 23 March 2017].

Lookarticle. 2017. Distressed! 20 year old Chinese female student suicide, “smile depression” may be on us. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.thechinesenews.net/Well-being-Issue/25384.html. [Accessed 23 March 2017].


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